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Spring Vacation far behind....spring chores slap me in the face! - 2006-05-02 20:04:46
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Well, there's no sense trying to blog about our spring vacation now...too much time has past. These days seem to be really dragging me down so the thought of another spring vacation sounds pretty good. And also a night of REALLY loud and angry Jerry Joseph, man, I could really use that right now!!

Here are a couple pictures from our trip anyway. The first is a picture of one of those highway clean-up signs. Every time we drive from Moscow, Idaho to Boise to see my folks there is a stretch of 20 miles or so where this "church" has dedicated themselves to the highway clean-up. It's rather disturbing and hilarious all at the same time. What is this all about?

On the way back we took a different route home than we've taken before and ended up coming through Salmon, Idaho and up the Bitteroot Valley. We ate in Victor at our old stomping ground for Fish and Chips, the Irish pub, Hamilton House. These pictures were taken as we drove up the eastern part of Idaho, stopping to let the dogs out and to stretch our legs. It was beatiful.

I like this picture of myself. It reminds me of a time when I was very happy, feeling no stress, and completely content. I'm wearing one of my dad's old hats that he gave me. It is way too big for me, but I enjoy wearing it. And besides, it's dad's hat so I feel pretty special when I wear it.

So life this spring is getting to me a bit. I'm way behind on getting things done this spring. The gardens are a mess, the leaves never got raked up in the fall, the weeds are taking over and it is currently dandelion season, which always stresses me out, even though it's our own fault because we refuse to spray chemicals to get rid of them. We have accomplished getting all three pine trees trimmed up so that you can easily stand under each one. It has really created a much more open feel in the back yard and we are enjoying that, however, there is much work to do still and burning all the HUGE piles of limbs and raking up pine needles.

We get so many compliments on our yard and gardens and we are very lucky to have the big space that we do and many beautiful herbs and flowers, but it is SO MUCH WORK!! I am completely overwhelmed with the tasks that need to be done...rototilling, mowing, endless weeding, removing the old compost bin (which is now an eye sore since the trees are trimmed up so high), weeding, weeding, weeding, getting all the flower pots prepped and ready to be planted, digging out the stupid blackberries which maybe produce a total of three berries a year, getting the beds next to the hoouse prepped and trimmed for the house painting in three weeks and .....did I mention weeding? Sometimes I wish I lived in a condo! However, once the the main tasks of weeding, rototilling and planting are complete I simply cannot get over how lucky we are to have a half acre in town filled with medicinal herbs, roses, vegetables and beautiful flowers and great trees. God, I wish I could afford to pay someone to do some of this stuff!!!!!!!!! How my parents did what they did on the farm and worked a regular job is beyond me....oh, and raise two children along the way. How do people do it?

My job is going fine. But, the people I work with have drama like Jerry Springer (I am SO not kidding), are so negative about their job and think that Applebees is really good food, so we don't have much to talk about. Sometimes as I'm listening to these people go on and on about their lives I feel my brain shrinking. Truly. And it sort of hurts. I do care about them though, so I'm constantly trying to suggest ways to help them or good food to try. Still, I think my brain is slowly shriveling up. I had several really nice patient interactions in the last week and that always makes the day a better place to be.

The new menu database continues to be a success. I can't believe I didn't do it sooner. I cook almost every night AND we eat at the table. It's seriously a new life for us. I usually go shopping on Sunday morning for all the ingredients I need for the week and then I don't have to go in the middle of the week. It's great. After dinner we clean the kitchen together, I wash and Raymond rinses. Just an amazing change in our lives. But, because I'm spending my afternoon finally posting here we will be having a frozen dinner tonight, and honestly we've found a brand that really isn't that bad. Really. It's a good thing I'm enjoying the cooking, otherwise we might eat them more often!!

The hallway painting saga is finally complete. What a nightmare! It went from the metallic gold color that we both thought we would love, but looked like total crap once it was on the walls, to me thinking I could faux paint/sponge over it. I really thought that it would work! We bought some lighter gold/cream colored paint that I sponged on and then planned on following that with a little sponging of a great red color and a little olive green. It was SO hideous! If the gold color looked like King Tuts tomb, this really did look like a whore house or perhaps exactly like really BAD 70's wallpaper that your grandma had in here newly decorated "fancy" dining room. Holy Crap! It was so bad! We immediately put a stop to the sponging and gathered up all of the close to a hundred paint color samples I've collected over the years and chose a lovely grey blue color called "milk pale". I think it looks exactly like the color of an iceberg. Painting is now complete and the whorehouse gold is only a distant memory.

Some of you know that I began working with a fertility specialist in November. Getting pregnant has NEVER been a problem for us and I began seeing her so that she could find ways that I might be able to keep one of my pregnancies. I had surgery and have followed every little thing that they have told me to do. And, I have yet to get pregnant since this whole thing started, which is strange since gettting pregnant wasn't the issue. I am frustrated, sad, depressed and slowly becoming angry. It would be so easy for me to be bitter. But, I'm not. Everything happens for a reason, that much I know. Sometimes it is really difficult to accept what we get though. Think good fertility thoughts....we can use all the help we can get.

Lastly, our friends Sharon and Jason, and their son, Michael, have adopted a puppy and it is truly the highlight of my season. He is so damn cute and they are doing such a wonderful job of raising him. I am so proud of them and so happy for myself that I get to enjoy all the benefits of having a new dog in my life but don't have to be the one doing all the work of raising him. Hooray for puppies!